Curious what occupations, careers, jobs you have encountered in your life that surprised you (maybe) at how well it pays without College or professional degree. I know they exist, and am curious at what you have encountered. Long story short: I met some pipe welders the other day who were looking for welding helpers, and they claim to be making about 80 K a year. My cousin started a job driving trucks (you know those big rigs), he had to get a job due to some circumstances in his life, just like that, from being a twenty something dicking around in college, he is now making 23 dollars an hour driving a truck interstate... I know this doesn't seem like much to you big timers, but for most young males out there today, this is real money. I suspect that many well off people who aren't typical ibankers and pencil pushers working in government are in the trades? What have you seen?